Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm still here!

Jessica and Elvie visited yesterday and part of today, and we accomplished a lot!  Elvie woke me up a few hours earlier than usual, which was good for productivity but now I am exhausted.

We put together a parcel for Paper Crane Gallery in Bloomington IN, plus we're getting ready for the Bloomington Handmade Market, the Rock n Roll Craft Show in St Louis, and the Crafty Supermarket in Cincinnati.  (I finally learned how to spell Cincinnati thanks to this event!)  I will post photos of the stacks of bonnets we made soon. It's quite a sight!

Edit 09/30:

This is my half of the workload, which need the binding sewn on and that's it!  We made 22 bonnets.  We are machines.  Speaking of, mine will be spending some time up on blocks again.  The tension is all kinds of wrong... looks like the $100 I spent to have it serviced earlier this month was money well spent!  Arrgh.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

a quilt I didn't make (but wish I did)

I haven't had time (or made time) to finish a quilt in quite a while.  My mom, on the other hand, sews circles around me!  She pieced this quilt and had it longarm quilted by Kathy Kessler in Bloomington, IN.  Kathy's rates are very reasonable and she ships!  She's also the most cheerful person you'll ever meet which somehow comes through in her quilting.

The prints are a mix of Kaffe Fassett collective, Anna Maria Horner, and Aboriginal prints from M&S Textiles.  The solid fabrics are Gee's Bend hand dyes and Kaffe Fassett shot cottons (street name: chambray).

 I advised my mom to choose Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting, which is all silk fibers with a polyester scrim.  It's very light and breathable, so is good for warmer weather.  Isn't Kathy's quilting amazing?  This is no pantograph--she quilted the design freehand!

The smallest block is about 3.5" finished, and the largest is somewhere in the neighborhood of 15".  I just can't get over the colors!  Here is the quilt pictured with the pillowcases I made and featured in my rolled pillowcase tutorial:

Dear Mom, if you ever get tired of looking at this quilt, I will do you a favor and take it off your hands.  Fair deal?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Indie Craft Parade roundup

Oh boy, what a weekend!  Last weekend, I mean.  I am happy to report the Indie Craft Parade was a huge success!  It was held in Huguenot Mill, a renovated old textile mill in downtown Greenville, SC.  The space was beautiful:

[the view across from our booth]

The event lasted two days, with the first day being a 3-hour evening event featuring a live performance from Jessica's husband.  Everyone was incredibly stoked, and we were told there was a line wrapping around the block to get in!  The second day was the standard 9-5, and again people lined up for much of the day, this time in the rain. 

Early on during day 2 we ran out of business cards (thanks Aaron for making more!) and sold out of our bear cub bonnets.  We received a lot of good feedback and over a dozen requests for screenprinted bloomers in adult sizes.  (Hello Panther By Hand!  Next time we should take your business cards along.)

The booth to our left was Third Girl Studio, also known as Holly Mitchell.  We couldn't have asked for a nicer neighbor!  At the end of the event, we took home this little toadstool buddy made from recycled and found materials by Holly.  How cute!

Before the Indie Craft Parade, I traveled to Nashville so Jessica and I could get some work done together, in the same time zone, in the same city, in the same room even.  It's much more efficient that way. 

By the time I made it back to Knoxville last night, I had spent at least 22 hours traveling 1,280 miles in a car.  Much of the time, I was accompanied in the back seat by my four-month-old friend Elvie:

Life is both quieter and less cute without her around. 

Other vendors of note who you may enjoy:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

sewing for fun and profit

The Indie Craft Parade is tomorrow in Greenville, South Carolina.  Jessica and I have sewn much and slept little the last few days, and tonight will be no different!

The blankets have been tea dyed, serged, turned and edgestitched.

The skirts are all hemmed and ready to go.

The bibs are ready too, with the exception of about ten which still require snaps.

The bloomers are screenprinted and assembled, right down to the elastic which I wasn't sure we would finish!

The crayon rolls are filled with crayons and ready to be rolled up!  And now...

The bear bonnets just need a binding to enclose the seam and create ties on either side...

The quick change diaper wallets need snaps, which Jessica is installing this very minute...

...and the vests need buttons and buttonholes.  And that is it!  Aside from inventory, and pricing everything, and packing, and... you know how it goes.  Any suggestions on what we should bring?  Any bets on what we'll forget?

Wish us luck; we're nervous!  Anything we don't sell will be available in the shop next week or so.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

postcards from autumn

Found these on a walk through our neighborhood in Knoxville:

Squirrels had destroyed most of them, leaving their spiny hats all over the sidewalk.  They look like sea anemone acorns to me.  Any idea what they really are?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

crayon time

Can anyone guess what I'm doing?  Aside from fulfilling my childhood fantasy of Roy G. Biv'ing 240 beautiful new crayons?

If you guessed "loading 14 crayon rolls so that people know what they are for when we table the craft show", you are correct!  Five days until the Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, SC!  I am excited and a little nauseous.

Let me tell you, Crayola has come out with some new colors since my coloring days, and they do not disappoint.  You can see the Crayola color chronology here.  It is interesting to see which colors were added during my parents' childhood; I vividly remember the excitement surrounding the addition of 16 new colors in 1993.

Now it's time for me to try not to lose in a game of Dutch Blitz!  (Thanks to Jessica and Aaron for getting me hooked.)